Ancestral belief systems and armed conflict

Presented to the Economics and Biology of Contests Conference Vol/Iss. February 2016 QUT Brisbane Published In Pages: ??
By Skali, Ahmed


Does religion cause violent conflict? In order to examine this question, the researcher tests the correlation between occurrence of belief in a moralizing god and frequency of conflict events in sub-regional Africa, controlling for various geographic and biotic variables. A significant positive correlation prompts speculation about the theoretical mechanisms by which belief in a moralizing god, including unwillingness to compromise on sacred scripture and exclusionary group identity formation, could engender violent conflict.


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Ethnographic Atlas (EA)Murdock (1959, 1967)

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